January 12 2016

Wrong-Way Driver Causes Early Morning Crash on Route 128 That Injured Two


A wrong-way driver on Route 128 in Lexington near the Burlington line caused an accident early this morning that injured themself and the occupant of another vehicle. 


According to Massachusetts State Police, at approximately 4:15 a.m., troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Concord responded to a wrong-way crash on Route 128 northbound in Lexington.  A preliminary investigation by Trooper Christopher Goodwin indicates that the crash was caused by a vehicle driving southbound on the northbound side.  


The two vehicles involved are a 2008 Hyundai Accent and a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt; at this time, the investigation into which vehicle was going the wrong way is ongoing. The operator and sole occupant of the Hyundai, a 20-year-old Wayland woman, and the operator and sole occupant of the Cobalt, a 27-year-old Dracut man, were both transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington for treatment of serious injuries.

The crash caused traffic delays as emergency crews cleared the scene. All northbound travel lanes were closed for approximately two hours for the rescue response, crash investigation, and cleanup. The crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, particularly as it relates to identifying the wrong-way operator.  No charges will be sought until that determination is made. 

State Police were also assisted on scene by Lexington and Burlington Police and Lexington Fire.

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